Fumes From Bleach

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Worried - November 22

Hi everyone, I have a question that has kept me up all night. It's a little strange but... here goes... Last night my hubby found that our Cat had peed all over the floor behind the TV. He tried cleaing it up with our spot vac (carpet cleaner) but it didn't work, then silly me I decided that bleach would probably take it out. Well while I was pouring it and scrubbing with a cloth I inhaled very BAD fumes. I mean these fumes were so bad that we got all our animals out of our basement, opened all the windows and doors and locked ourselves up stairs. Now.. my question, If I am pregnant would those fumes have hurt the baby? I'm not sure if I am pregnant, but now I am kinda hoping I'm not because I've heard that harsh chemicals can cause birth defects. If anyone has any advice for me, or HOPE for me that everything will be okay that would be great. I hope this isn't too stupid of a question! Thanks!

 

Leah - November 22

Hello! I wouldn't worry too much, if your still waiting for a positive result or are just trying early on from day one of your cycle, the fetus or clump of cells is just beginning to feed off of what you put into your body or chemicals for that matter. Make sure to take prenatal pills with at least 800mg of folic acid, it always gives you somewhat some insurance against birth defects!! But since your trying, watch what situations you put yourself into, smokey bars, house chemicals, kitty litter boxes and gas pumps, oooh! there are so many!!! Good luck!

 

Worried - November 22

You have no idea how much I needed that Leah. Thank you so much!!!!! Maybe I can breath a little easier now! My Period is due on Friday so I only have a few more days till I can find out! I have been taking Folic acid and vitamins for about 5 months now so thats taken care of, and I most certainly have learned my lesson with dangerous situations!!! Thanks again!

 

Audrey - November 22

Mixing bleach and urine or "household ammonia" produces very toxic gases. You were lucky that nobody became sick. If you must handle any kind of chemical while pregnant, wear rubber gloves and make sure the area is well ventilated.

 

Audrey - November 22

By the way, if it turns out you are pregnant, tell your husband to change the kitty box for the duration. Contact with cat feces can cause a dangerous condition called toxoplasmosis.

 

Worried - November 22

Thanks Audrey for the advice! I will from now on be more careful around chemicals, and I have no problem in getting the hubby to take over the kitty litter chore! (I have already arranged this with him months ago!) I guess its just strange when you don't know if you are pregnant or not. I'm so use to doing all this stuff and it seems silly to stop when every month It seems I am once again not pregnant. (We've been trying for 10 months) I guess I have to face the fact that every month is different and I can't take that chance.

 

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